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Thursdays, April 13 through May 11, 2017, at 6 p.m.
New Hampshire and the Great War: Spring Lecture Series
On the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, the New Hampshire Historical Society presents its annual spring lecture series focusing on the Granite State’s commitment to the war. The series is held on five consecutive Thursday nights beginning April 13 and running through May 11. New Hampshire made some surprising contributions to the war effort. Over 20,000 men from the state served in the U.S. military during the months America was involved in the conflict, and hundreds of them gave their lives to the effort. By the time the war ended in late 1918, the world—and New Hampshire—was a very different place than it had been just a few short years before, as America was poised to take its place on the world stage and hovered on the brink of the modern era. Lecturers include historian Byron O. Champlin, professors Hugh Dubrulle (St. Anselm College) and Christopher Capozzola (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Society Library Director Sarah Galligan, covering the initially conflicted loyalties of New Hampshire residents, the ground war, the development of air power, relief workers, and changes on the home front. Attendees must register for the entire series. We are not currently accepting registrations for individual lectures. Admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members; nonmembers are welcome to attend for a fee of $50, which includes a one-year membership in the Society. To register by telephone with a credit card, call Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621. To register by mail, use this registration form and return with payment (if applicable) to Spring Lecture Series, New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301. To register online, visit Eventbrite.com.
Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 6 p.m.
“Under Another Flag: Concord Men Serving in Foreign Forces During the Great War”
Historian Byron O. Champlin Before and after the United States entered the First World War, Concord men volunteered to serve in the militaries of other belligerent nations, including France, Italy, Germany, and Turkey. Some served for adventure, some out of patriotism, and some served a higher cause—some would not return home.
Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 6 p.m.
“Over There: The Yankee Division and the Ground War in Europe”
Professor Hugh Dubrulle, St. Anselm College The 26th Infantry “Yankee” Division consisted of units from every New England state including New Hampshire. It included among its ranks Congressional Medal of Honor winner George Dilboy and future Granite State governor Robert O. Blood, who received a distinguished service cross while serving with the division. The story of this unit, including its organization, training, campaigns, and return home provide important insights into the American experience of ground combat in France during World War I.
Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 6 p.m.
“Supplies and Spies: The Adventures of Caroline Gardner Bartlett”
Library Director Sarah Galligan, New Hampshire Historical Society One of the first American women in Europe during the First World War, singer Caroline Gardner Bartlett of Warner raised funds and supplies for French hospitals, assuming the persona of “Sister Beatrice” to gain better access to the troops and donning a habit with a purple cloak to distinguish herself from more formal relief organizations. In December 1915, she was accused of untrustworthy behavior by the New York Times, and she spent the following years trying to clear her name of charges that she was actually a German spy. Her papers documenting the life of this rather quirky character reside at the New Hampshire Historical Society.
Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 6 p.m.
“Flying for America: Granite State Airmen and the War in the Air”
Historian Byron O. Champlin Entering the First World War woefully under-prepared to fight an air war, the United States rapidly expanded its Air Service to meet the challenge. This lecture covers the prominent role played by men from New Hampshire, including future New Hampshire governor John G. Winant, in the development of flying in the Great War.
Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 6 p.m.
“Uncle Sam Wants You: New Hampshire, the First World War, and the Making of Modern America”
Professor Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology In April 1917, when Uncle Sam pointed at Americans and said, “I Want YOU.” How did they respond? How did they mobilize schools, churches, and communities to support the war? And how did they monitor and suppress their anti-war neighbors, especially with the large groups of German immigrants working in New Hampshire’s mill complexes? Drawing particularly on the history of New Hampshire communities, this talk explores a crucial moment in America’s history and its lessons a century later.
Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Collection Highlights Talk: The Mystery behind the “Mystery Stone” by Wesley Balla
The “Mystery Stone” has been an object of fascination since it was donated to the Society in 1927. Join Director of Collections and Exhibitions Wes Balla as he discusses the carved, egg-shaped stone, unearthed in 1872 by workmen digging post holes in Meredith. Collection highlights talks are included in the price of admission. Society members are admitted for free.
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